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Harding's MS-related IR stint 'not major'

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07:38 AM ET 12.19 | One of the NHL's more inspiring storylines of this season took on another layer of context this week for goaltender Josh Harding. Soon after the Wild touched down in Pittsburgh late Wednesday afternoon to begin a three-game road trip Thursday, the team announced that [Harding] wasn't on the flight. Harding, the Wild's rock through the first 36 games and maybe the NHL's biggest surprise this season, was placed on injured reserve to make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol for multiple sclerosis, General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. He must miss a minimum of one week, meaning the next three games. Fletcher said the Wild is confident that Harding will be able to rejoin the team Dec. 27 in Winnipeg. "This is not a major situation at all," Fletcher said. "This didn't come out of the blue."

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December 19, 2013  08:11 AM ET

How can you NOT cheer for Harding?

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December 19, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Maybe if his wife/gf smashes Backstrom's knees with a pipe?

I missed it. When did Josh marry Tonya?

December 19, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Or is it one of those sister wives things?

*sigh* gonna get banned again

December 19, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Or is it one of those sister wives things?*sigh* gonna get banned again

That only happens in Canada and Kentucky, now. Everywhere else has become civilized.

December 19, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Maybe if his wife/gf smashes Backstrom's knees with a pipe?

See what you did, Danny? You couldnt just let it be a feel good story....?

December 19, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Maybe if his wife/gf smashes Backstrom's knees with a pipe?

Commonly known as a gillooly. And she doesn't have to do it. We've got Kadri for that. :-)

December 19, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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How can you NOT cheer for Harding?

For sure Foil. He is a real inspiration in this community as well im sure everywhere else. Not only has he battled back to just play and be part of a team, but has taken this situation, ran with it, and thrived. I'm hoping against odds that he is part of the Canadian olympic team, but those who select seem to be set on experience (for good reason). Would love to see him play in international competition.

December 19, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

How can you NOT cheer for Harding?

I talked with someone that had that she says it can go away for a while then come back with a vengeance.

December 19, 2013  10:51 AM ET

I wonder if he's allowed to pack Medicinal Green with him?

December 19, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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I talked with someone that had that she says it can go away for a while then come back with a vengeance.

I know 2 ladies with it and they have only had the vengance part.

One tried that controversial and expensive treatment that seemed to work for about 2 months. Then rebounded even worse than before.

December 19, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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I talked with someone that had that she says it can go away for a while then come back with a vengeance.

My mom has MS (diagnosed in '94). The problem with treating it and maintaining it, is that it is different for everyone. Adjusting to new medicine regimines is difficult and sometimes takes a while to see if the medicine is working. Some people have very progressive MS, and others not so much. The most important thing for anyone diagnosed with it, is to not fall into despair. She hasn't lost any stability or mobility, but she frequently suffers from bouts with what feels like an electircal shock that shoots through her body.

Her most recent MRI (earlier this fall) showed no additional growth in the lesions or any new ones (2 years now), so that's promising (but apparantly happens with aging people and MS).

December 19, 2013  11:54 AM ET
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My mom has MS (diagnosed in '94). The problem with treating it and maintaining it, is that it is different for everyone. Adjusting to new medicine regimines is difficult and sometimes takes a while to see if the medicine is working. Some people have very progressive MS, and others not so much. The most important thing for anyone diagnosed with it, is to not fall into despair. She hasn't lost any stability or mobility, but she frequently suffers from bouts with what feels like an electircal shock that shoots through her body.Her most recent MRI (earlier this fall) showed no additional growth in the lesions or any new ones (2 years now), so that's promising (but apparantly happens with aging people and MS).

Sorry to hear about your Moms trouble. Unlike me or Hank, when it's in the family, that's personal.

December 19, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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I wonder if he's allowed to pack Medicinal Green with him?

South of the border that's a State by State decision is it not ?

December 19, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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South of the border that's a State by State decision is it not ?

But there's still that pesky Can-US border as well plus team rules.

Recall that Mountie seen in the Red Serge hooving a medicinal bomber up here? Drummed out of the club.

December 19, 2013  12:32 PM ET
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But there's still that pesky Can-US border as well plus team rules.Recall that Mountie seen in the Red Serge hooving a medicinal bomber up here? Drummed out of the club.

Archaic stupidity personified

December 19, 2013  01:18 PM ET
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South of the border that's a State by State decision is it not ?

Yep. Not an expert on the subject but it looks like here in MN that medicinal usage will pass soon sometime here in the near future. Not quite as progressive as Canada, CO or WA, but its a start. If it helps those with MS or any other ailment, push it through. Brings up an interesting question of the role pro sports will play if indeed something like medicinal use becomes a legit treatment for someone like Josh, or say someone with concussion symptoms and/or migraines.

December 19, 2013  02:13 PM ET

Bottom line is, Josh Harding is on my team any day and every day.

December 19, 2013  02:57 PM ET
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How can you NOT cheer for Harding?

This guy has had the worst luck, and I'm all for him being at Sochi. To play, and play this good, while under that pressure........he has to win the Masterson this year! I still can't believe Emery won it two years back.

Harding was a top prospect goalie and injury, and the rise of Backstrom made him lose his shot....he is taking it now, and man h has been solid! M.S or not this guy has been Vezina material from the get go this season! IMO.

The numbers speak for themselves......

 
December 19, 2013  03:02 PM ET
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This guy has had the worst luck, and I'm all for him being at Sochi. To play, and play this good, while under that pressure........he has to win the Masterson this year! I still can't believe Emery won it two years back.Harding was a top prospect goalie and injury, and the rise of Backstrom made him lose his shot....he is taking it now, and man h has been solid! M.S or not this guy has been Vezina material from the get go this season! IMO.The numbers speak for themselves......

I have a sneaking suspicion that Emery may not win it this year Kinger LOL

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